Skip to comments.CBS World News Today – March 5, 1944
Posted on 03/05/2014 12:16:00 PM PST by Homer_J_Simpson
CBS World News Today
Hottelet was hired by Edward R. Murrow in 1944. On D-Day he aired the first eyewitness account of the seaborne invasion of Normandy; Hottelet rode along in a bomber that attacked Utah Beach six minutes before H-Hour. He also covered the Battle of the Bulge for CBS. Later, he parachuted to safety when the plane he was in was shot down by enemy fire.
While working in Belgium, shortly after D-Day, Hottelet received a memo from then General Eisenhower that allowed reporters "to talk freely with officers and enlisted personnel and to see the machinery of war in operation in order to visualize and transmit to the public the conditions under which men from their countries are waging war against the enemy."
Under these conditions with what he called "fussy" censorship rules, but not crippling, Hottelet set out from the U.S. First Army press camp in Spa, Belgium for the Fourth Division headquarters in Huertgen Forest. He was surprised by commanders when he arrived telling him of a German paratrooper landing the night before and a big battle going on to the south.
As it turned out, it was the beginning of the Battle of the Bulge, which Hottelet reported later. Hottelet stayed with CBS for 41 years.
Hottelet was known as one of Murrow's Boys, an early team of broadcasters who pioneered the industry at the CBS Radio Network.
Later in his career, Hottelet was CBS News resident correspondent at the United Nations in New York, reporting on speeches given by world leaders in the General Assembly and current world events which were on the agenda of the Security Council.
I think Murrow today is best remembered mainly because he and his camera toured the Boston apartment of the young couple, Jack and Jackie Kennedy, in his popular "Person to Person" TV show. Probably the whole country tuned into that show!
Murrow was extrememly biased to the left in his "You Are There" war reporting even in those days of less rancorous political partisanship.
He would be 105 years now. His real name was Egbert Roscoe Murrow.
Do you suppose most visitors to these threads understand you can listen to the news of the day by clicking the link under the picture of Douglas Edwards? Maybe I should make it more obvious.